Illawarra Flyfishers Club

SUMMER 2005 Reports

May 2005

Souther Zone championaships of Fly Fish Australia were held at Dixiland just outside of Adaminaby  over the weekend of 14/15th May 2005. The event consisted of two boat sessions and two bank sessions for each angler.  Five lakes in Dixiland were fished the largest being something like 50 acres in size and the smallest being probably just two or three acres. Twenty five anglers compeated from around NSW. The fishing was togh with the best session yielding  9 fish and the worst session yielding just 1 fish (that's equivilent to one angler fishing for three days non stop for just one hit). Stephen  Chatterton won the competition with  only 15 penalty points and 6360 fish points, Phil Ravanello was second with 21 penelty points and 4160 fish points and Geoff Naylor third with 29 penalty points and 4080 fish points.

May 2005

Ray Ellis and Stephen Chatterton fish Lake Wollumboola near Culburra just outside of Nowra. It was an early start with Ray  picking Stephen up at 4am. The idea was to be on the water at sunrise. We were and each caught 30 bream to 26cm. Great fun on fly. Stephen pointed out that as many fish wre caught in gentlemens hours as at sparro %&#@ and perhaps he could have slept a little longer and fished a little later for the same results. Stephen fished the mud prawn with slow retrieves and ray fished his epoxy shrimp with fast strips.


Throughout the spawning season Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene have fish well as both pre and post spawning fish feed on juvenile yabbies. That's all settled down now and whilst the fish are still moving into the yabby grounds to feed they are also turning their attention to other fare. You will find a lot of fish showing up on sounders at depth and probably feeding on daphnia but at the same time you will see spasmodic surface activity. Around rainy days there is a lot of ant activity and many find themselves on the trouts menu - so if its a bit overcast and there are rising fish consider the humble ant pattern. In the evenings trout are starting to move into the protected bays to feed on emergers and midges and that can be a lot of fun. Also with stable and increasing water levels we are already seeing some tadpole eggs and that augers well for great tadpole fishing as the weather warms up. Best prospecting fly at this time of year (or almost at any time) remains the woolly bugger.

TECHNIQUES EMPLOYED INCLUDE: Whilst places like Wollondibby Inlet, Hatchery Bay, Hayshed Bay, Sid's Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, the top of the Snowy and Thredbo river arms and the area around Kalkite all are all fishing well they are also more heavily patronized than some other areas of the lake and that certainly self propagates their reputations. Areas away from those listed hold as many if not more fish (because they haven't been fished as much) and are well worth a little extra search effort.

January - May 2005

Stephen Chatterton  has reported one of the best poleroiding seasons on Lake Jindabyne for many years. Seeing 10 plus fishon a trip has been the norm rather than the exception as in recent years. Best dry flies have been hopper patterns, tags and para dun emergers and best wet flies have been brown and black nymphs.  Dawn and dusk fishing have also been good and the best fly remains the humble balck woolly bugger.

Stephen Chatterton.


The entrance to the lake was opened in late October and that coupled with the higher than recent rain falls and big seas has certainly worked to our fishing advantage. Large numbers of flathead have moved into the entrance of the lake as well as some whiting and bream. Also you could expect to find some jew fish just outside the entrance working over the food that being washed out. Fishing around the entrance has been so good and the winds been up so I haven't been fishing the lake proper much but there are good reports of bigger flathead along the back of the lake and you would also expect to find them up the Harvey Norman end of the lake.

If your going to fish the lake remember that the fish seem to move around the lake in response to, wind, moon phase etc. and you'll have to do a little searching to find the concentrations. My favourite locations in the lake are around the entrance, around the islands, the Harvey Norman end of the lake, the shoreline at Talawarra and outside McQuades, the two reefs, the feeder streams and the drop off near the channel markers.

Try to pick a day when the barometric pressure is fairly stable and better still fairly stable and high and you'll find that early morning and evenings are the best times.

Interestingly whilst there is little tidal movement in the lake the best fishing times still seems to be either side of change of tides with my preference being the run out tide.

Flies to use include my estuary fly and whiting fly, Ray's epoxy charlie, bread flies, crazy charlies, wiggle minnows and baited breaths.

Stephen Chatterton

April May 2005

We had a few canoe trips down to Lake Dangera just south of Nowra fishing for bass. This lake has fished well all year and on each occasion we had good returns. Best fly was Stev's booby bugger closley followed by the humble booby fished as a dry and Rays Beetle. Larges fish was 39 CM with other fish averaging around 30cm.

Stephen Chatterton

Summer 2005

Lake Illawarra has fish well again this summer. Fishing the drop offs around the entrance using Rays Epoxy Shrimp or Steves Mud Prawn have yielded good catches of Whiting and Flathead. The base material for both flies is olive super hair and the fly sucess is attributed to the flies being translucent like the shrim and prawns that the fish eat. Rays fly is fished fast witha jerky action whereas the Mud Prawn can be fished much slower.